Your health and wellbeing during drought

Immediate and ongoing support is available to everyone in NSW to help them through difficult times. 

If you or someone you know needs immediate help, contact:

Lifeline Australia

13 11 14

Mensline Australia

1300 78 99 78

Beyond Blue

1300 22 46 36

Kids Helpline

1800 55 18 00


If you are in an emergency, or at immediate risk of harm to yourself or others, please contact emergency services on Triple Zero (000).

Counselling services 

Mental Health Line

The Mental Health Line is available to everyone in NSW and operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The service is staffed by mental health professionals who will ask questions to determine if you or, the person you are concerned about, needs ongoing mental health care and how urgently it is needed.

1800 011 511

Domestic and family violence, sexual assault

1800RESPECT is a national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service.

The service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and provides free, confidential online chat or telephone support.

1800 737 732

Alcohol and drug use

Alcohol Drug Information Service (ADIS) NSW provides 24 hour 7 day a week telephone counselling, support, referrals and information for those affected by alcohol or other drugs.

The service is available to people who are concerned about their own alcohol and drug use, as well as callers who are concerned about their family or friends.

1800 250 015

NSW Health mental health services and support contact list

There are a range of mental health support services available to people that provide confidential phone support and advice on how to deal with different types of mental health issues.

Free financial advice

Talk to a rural financial counsellor. It is a free, confidential service. They can give you individual support to meet your needs and help you to make the right decisions for your business. They can also negotiate with your lenders and identify other assistance schemes.

Call 1800 686 175 for referral to your nearest rural financial counsellor or check the NSW rural financial counselling service (RFCS).

Related information

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Rural support programs

Programs and support for people and communities to help them connect with the most appropriate services to meet their needs.
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Drought assistance near you

NSW Government staff across the state are available to assist farmers. Use the Primary Industries assistance locator to find help near you.
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Distance support services

Information about health services for people living in rural and remote communities.
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